Paul-Auguste Masui
(1888, Differdange, Luxembourg - 1981, Uccle, Belgium)

"The vision of Paul-Auguste Masui is sculptural, massive, he avoids any anecdote, goes over picturesque, goes to the essential, it's a strong painting, solidly structured. The artist choses to stay figurative with a distinctive taste for synthesis and a touch of expressionism. If the painting of Masui is a witness of its time, it is also timeless, with his strength of suggestion, his splendid palette, his singular personality."

Catherine Puget, former curator of the Pont-Aven Museum

When he evokes a landscape, Paul-Auguste Masui supposes the close relation between inhabitants and nature to which they are exposed, with architecture sheltering them and rituals they created.

The fluidity of his brush expresses the union between fishermen and the sea, the domination of this dangerous element : from now on they are famous sailors.

Explosive colours of his palette unify nature and characters, these last ones not being distinct anymore. He celebrates the intimate communion between man and nature.

His simplified compositions, at the border of abstraction, render the gravity and religiosity of procession movement in a long human beachcomber.

The meeting of Masui with this archaic beauty led him to create a pictorial revolution in which he gave free rein to his personality. The more his temperament is unveiled, the better he expresses the singularity of Brittany. This personal vision offers an extra touch of soul to all his works.

Exhibitions selected

Solo exhibitions

2011 - Un expressionniste en Bretagne, espace Jean-Joigny
2008 - Rétrospective de l'oeuvre bretonne, musée de Pont-Aven, Pont-Aven
1988 - Pour un centaine rétrospective, Galerie Albert Ier, Bruxelles
1984 - Rétrospective, Université libre de Belgique, Bruxelles
1935 - Pavillon Brabant, Exposition universelle, Bruxelles
1929 - Galeroe de la toison d'or, Bruxelles

Group exhibitions

2017 - Ailleurs est ici, École des Filles, Huelgoat
2015 - Briser le toit de la maison - Le sacré dans l'art, École des filles, Huelgoat
2010 - Couleurs fauves, galerie Françoise Livinec, Paris
2008/2008 - Costumes bretons, galerie Françoise Livinec, Paris
2013 - Quel temps fait-il ? Un climat de tableaux modernes et contemporains, Ecole des filles, Huelgoat
2012 - Pierre qui roule? - Les figures du paysage, Ecole des filles, Huelgoat
2006 - Les peintres de Bretagne, musée de Pont-Aven, Pont-Aven
1982 - Nos maîtres du passé, centre culturel d'Izel, Izel
1982 - Maîtres rétrospective C.Barthelemy et P.A. Masui, Centre culturel d'Izel, Izel
1982 - Maîtres luxembourgeois, centre culturel d'Izel, Izel

Public collections

Musée des Beaux-Arts, Tournai
Musée Charlier, Bruxelles
Musée Communal d'Ixelles, Bruxelles
Musée des Beaux-Arts de Mons (Belgium)
Musée Royal de Mariemont (Belgium)
Musée Carnavalet, Paris
Musée des Beaux-Arts, Quimper
Musée Communal, Bruxelles
Musée Thijl Ulenspiegel, Damme, Belgium
Musée des Beaux-Arts, Verviers, Belgium
Musée du château de Cagnes-sur-Mer
Musée Victoria and Albert, London
Centre de la gravure et de l'image imprimée, La Louvière, Belgium
Library of Congress, Washington
Cabinet des Estampes, Geneva
Musée de Pont-Aven
Chalcographie de Bruxelles
Cabinet des Estampes,Bibliothèque Royale Albert Ier, Bruxelles


2007 - Paul-Auguste Masui - Un expressionniste en Bretagne, Éditions Françoise Livinec
2012 - Pierre qui roule... Les figures du paysage, Éditions Françoise Livinec
2013 - Quel temps fait-il ? Un climat d'oeuvres d'art modernes et contemporaines, Éditions Françoise Livinec